The win kept an unfortunate hoodoo going for the Hurricanes, stiil win-less against the Sixers in the WBBL and also ended their chances of being the Rebel WBBL02 Champions.
The Sixers won the toss and batted first but it was the Hurricanes who got the early breakthrough, with Hunter dismissing the dangerous van Niekerk (1) in the third over of the game. Hunter was also impressive in the field, taking a contender for catch of the WBBL to remove Gardner. Despite some early heroics however, it was Sixers stand in captain Alyssa Healy who kept her side on top, blasting an impressive 77 off 45 balls to frustrate the Hurricanes attack.
Healy’s effort’s, along with 38 from an injured NZ International Sara McGlashan and 36no (25) from South African Marizanne Kapp, helped the Sixers to post a solid total of 169. Erin Burns was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers with 2-26 off her four overs.
The total wasn’t out of reach for the Hurricanes, after posting 171 (the highest WBBL02 score) in Launceston earlier in the year however with the Sixers striking early, the run chase soon became disastrous for the 'Canes.
Two run outs, both including International stars (Knight and Satterthwaite) and the loss of consistent wickets had the SIxers in the box seat the whole way through the chase. Only three Hurricanes made double figures with Erin Burns' 14 the top score, the 'Canes all out for 66 in the 15th over.
It was a disappointing effort after a solid season and an impressive effort by the dominant Sixers who once again ended the Hurricanes Grand Final chances, the Sydney team taking the honours in WBBL01 also whilst the Hurricanes equal last year’s efforts by reaching the semi finals.
Despite the result today the Hurricanes can take much away from the WBBL02 season, backing up their efforts in WBBL01 with another semi finals berth and also catching the eyes of the nation, and the world with some clutch performances with both bat and ball across the summer.
The WBBL02 Final will be contested by the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers at the WACA on Saturday afternoon.